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Reading For A More Ethical Civilization
Contributed by Milton on Monday, June 07 at 11:53 (3,072 reads)

Global Research

, June 4, 2010


 

"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850), French economist 

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Reading John Ralston Saul. Watching Canada's “Grand Experiment”
Contributed by Robin Mathews on Thursday, June 18 at 10:14 (8,642 reads)

In a brilliant and deeply flawed new book, John Ralson Saul joins Mel Hurtig in an attempt to tell Canadians the [ugly] present "truth about Canada".

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Reading The Best Non-Fiction Book In 2008! Could We Have That Again?
Contributed by Robin Mathews on Tuesday, February 10 at 22:36 (4,597 reads)

Two "national" juries just selected the best non-fiction book of last year - with five titles named as runners-up.  The juries didn't choose one book in common. 

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Reading Green Island
Contributed by siamdave on Tuesday, June 24 at 09:12 (6,009 reads)

Imagine a world where a government of We the People said "Wait!!! Maxing capitalist profit is NOT our Prime Directive!!!" Imagine a world where the Americans tried a regime change - and got an ass-kicking! Imagine a world where Democracy actually meant something!! Imagine this all happening in Canada! Crazy fantasy - or Green Island?

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Reading As Nanotech's Promise Grows, Will Puny Particles Present Big Health Problems?
Contributed by N Say on Saturday, February 16 at 16:28 (3,479 reads)
Web Features - February 15, 2008 As Nanotech's Promise Grows, Will Puny Particles Present Big Health Problems? Amid the great promise nanotechnology offers, big questions remain on health dangers posed by exposure to tissue-penetrating particles By Carole Bass It seems like a noble goal: amid growing concern about the health risks of nanoparticles, why not keep tabs on the health of people who work with the little buggers? But it turns out that's easier said than done. "You could probably count the world's published literature on exposure to nanoparticles on both hands," says Paul Schulte, director of the Education and Information Division of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). "And yet a lot of words have been written about nanotechnology, and it leads one to want to take action. We're struggling with finding a scientific basis on which to do that."
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Reading Shifting Sands Pts I-VII
Contributed by N Say on Wednesday, February 06 at 11:18 (3,549 reads)
Shifting sands, Part I: An empire from a tub of goo Jan 26, 2008 The Globe and Mail By ERIN ANDERSSEN and SHAWN MCCARTHY AND ERIC REGULY Murray Smith remembers what happened on the morning of April 9, 2003, the way other Canadians remember Paul Henderson's miracle goal against the Russians. For Mr. Smith, then Alberta's energy minister, the big score was a letter from his federal counterpart south of the border. It was about the oil sands – a resource that had long been underestimated at home and almost ignored internationally. No more, U.S. energy secretary Spencer Abraham wrote. From now on, when the Americans talked oil, they would be counting the reserves sitting beneath the forests of northern Alberta. Mr. Smith had grown up among the oil rigs of central Alberta and bought his first share in an oil company when he was 11 by collecting his older brother's beer bottles. He had also spent much of his adult life in the oil patch and understood more than most the significance of Mr. Abraham's message. The endorsement from the world's hungriest oil consumer was like winning an Oscar. Keen to reduce its dependence on the Middle East, the U.S. was officially acknowledging for the first time that the tarry mud around Fort McMurray could be turned into gasoline, diesel and heating fuel at a profit. The world finally was acknowledging what Albertans had been saying for decades: that their oil sands rival any source of crude on Earth. “If you took all the oil in the south of the United States and all the oil in Alaska and all the oil in Mexico,” Mr. Smith points out, “it doesn't hold a candle to Alberta.”
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Reading In One's Sleep
Contributed by Diogenes on Sunday, February 03 at 16:25 (6,311 reads)
(Something to think on) In One's Sleep Henry George was not the first to notice the injustice of our current approach to land. John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) wrote clearly on the same theme. "Landlords grow rich in their sleep without working, risking or economising. If some of us grow rich in our sleep, where do we think this wealth is coming from? It doesn't materialize out of thin air. It doesn't come without costing someone, another human being. It comes from the fruits of others' labors, which they don't receive. Is it enough to promise "pie in the sky when we die"? Or does living in a civilized society dedicated to the proposition that all of us are created equal and endowed with certain rights demand something else of us? John Stuart Mill: Principles of Political Economy with some of their Applications to Social Philosophy (1848) The ordinary progress of a society which increases in wealth, is at all times tending to augment the incomes of landlords; to give them both a greater amount and a greater proportion of the wealth of the community, independently of any trouble or outlay incurred by themselves. They grow richer, as it were in their sleep, without working, risking, or economizing. What claim have they, on the general principle of social justice, to this accession of riches? In what would they have been wronged if society had, from the beginning, reserved the right of taxing the spontaneous increase of rent, to the highest amount required by financial exigencies?
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Reading Harold Bloom: "The Fall Of America"
Contributed by a free mans life on Tuesday, January 15 at 17:03 (6,931 reads)
The long-time cultural critic warns that the war in Iraq is destroying the American empire. Harold Bloom: "What We Are Seeing Is the Fall of America" By Eva Sohlman, The Wip. Posted January 15, 2008 AlterNet Harold Bloom, Yale literature professor and cultural critic, is one of America's most prominent and provocative intellectuals. Unabashedly, he has always spoken up for what he calls "the fight for truth and beauty" making a lot of foes in the process, but also some friends. As one of the first critical voices against the Bush administration and the war in Iraq, Bloom landed in the hot seat with the satire "MacBush" in 2004. Lately, he sparked worldwide outrage by calling Harry Potter "garbage." Speaking at his home in New Haven where he is recovering from a recent health scare, a pale and weak Bloom seems to have symbolically embodied what he calls the "poor state of the nation."
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Reading Street Stories: 100 Years Of Homelessness In Vancouver
Contributed by Diogenes on Wednesday, January 09 at 09:26 (4,043 reads)
100 Years of Homelessness Street Stories: 100 Years of Homelessness in Vancouver Michael Barnholden and Nancy Newman Anvil Press (2007) Richard Smith, now 41, on streets since a teenager. Photo by Lindsay Mearns. By N. Newman and M. Barnholden TheTyee.ca January 9, 2008[Note: this story was actually written by both Michael Barnholden and Nancy Newman but technical difficulties prevented us from putting both names in the byline.] While homelessness may seem like a relatively new issue for Vancouver, homeless people have long been a part of Vancouver's history. Local First Nations were the first homeless. By the late 1860s, nearly 100 years of smallpox epidemics had reduced the native population of B.C. from an estimated 155,000 to only 20,000. Approximately 700 indigenous people lived on Burrard Inlet along with 500 non-Aboriginals. In the late summer of 1886, a great fire swept through the city, destroying almost all wooden structures. Mayor MacLean sent a telegram to federal authorities saying: "Our city is ashes. Three thousand people homeless. Can you send us any government help?" For a short while, Vancouver was a tent city while new buildings were erected.
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Reading "The Market For Liberty"
Contributed by Diogenes on Thursday, January 03 at 13:55 (3,553 reads)
The Market For Liberty By Christopher W. Morris and Morris and Linda Tannehill Posted on 7/28/2006 Introduction from the Mises Institute Some great books are the product of a lifetime of research, reflection, and labored discipline. But other classics are written in a white heat during the moment of discovery, with prose that shines forth like the sun pouring into the window of a time when a new understanding brings the world into focus for the first time. The Market for Liberty is that second type of classic, and what a treasure it is. Written at the end of the 1960s by two authors — Morris and Linda Tannehill — just following a period of intense study of the writings of both Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard, it has the pace, energy, and rigor you would expect from an evening's discussion with either of these two giants.
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Reading Russian Historians Announce Project To Shed Light On Soviet Dictator Stalin
Contributed by N Say on Thursday, December 06 at 09:37 (4,152 reads)
[A lot of this is probably common knowledge. It would be nice to hear about something different, like all the stuff the US has done since WW2. Bill Blum said in a debate that he could have filled the whole room from wall to wall & floor to ceiling with all the documentation of "grim" things that the US has done, and continutes to do today. There's probably more than enough to fill up 100 volumes. -- NSay] Russian historians announce project to shed light on Soviet dictator Stalin By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MOSCOW - Historians have announced a project to increase understanding of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's rule and to help Russians come to terms with one of the grimmest chapters of their past. The project's ambitious aim is to publish 100 volumes by Russian and foreign historians in the next three years. The first five books were issued last week.
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by: Richard Becker The struggle in Palestine can be complex and confusing even for the closest of observers.Like all great struggles, it has had many twists and turns, and will have many more. But the root cause of the conflict— the forcible expulsion of a people from their homeland—is neither ambiguous nor confusing. Sixty years ago, this is precisely what happened to the Palestinians in "The Catastrophe," known as "Al-Nakba" in Arabic. Al-Nakba, one of the key events in modern Middle Eastern history, began on Nov. 29, 1947. That day, the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 181 to partition the British Mandate (colony) of Palestine into two states, one Jewish and one Arab. The United Nations made this decisive step without consulting the Palestinian Arabs, who at the time comprised two-thirds of the population. Most of the Jewish population was made up of settlers who had arrived in the previous three decades, mainly from Europe. More than 100,000 were survivors of the Nazi genocide.
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Reading The Authoritarians (Free Book)
Contributed by Diogenes on Friday, November 30 at 10:50 (3,058 reads)
The Authoritarians OK, what’s this book about? It’s about what’s happened to the American government lately. It’s about the disastrous decisions that government has made. It’s about the corruption that rotted the Congress. It’s about how traditional conservatism has nearly been destroyed by authoritarianism. It’s about how the “Religious Right” teamed up with amoral authoritarian leaders to push its un-democratic agenda onto the country. It’s about the United States standing at the crossroads as the next federal election approaches. “Well,” you might be thinking, “I don’t believe any of this is true.” Or maybe you’re thinking, “What else is new? I’ve believed this for years.” Why should a conservative, moderate, or liberal bother with this book? Why should any Republican, Independent, or Democrat click the “Introduction” link on this page?
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Reading Book Urges Quebecers To Embrace Canada
Contributed by N Say on Monday, November 19 at 09:49 (3,148 reads)
Book urges Quebecers to embrace Canada Marianne White, CanWest News Service Published: Sunday, November 18, 2007 QUEBEC -- Quebecers should leave the political and constitutional strife behind, shed their victim complex and take a fresh look at Canada, a coalition of 14 staunch Quebec federalists urge in a new book. Their prescription for Quebecers existential questioning is aimed at shaking things up after four decades of unsuccessful negotiations - from the patriation of the Constitution that Quebec has always refused to sign to the Meech Lake talks and the two referendums on sovereignty. The collection of essays "Reconquerir le Canada: Un nouveau projet pour la nation quebecoise" (Reconquering Canada: A New Project for the Quebec Nation) is edited by Andre Pratte, Montreal daily La Presse's chief editorial writer.
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Reading Marc Edge On "Asper Nation"
Contributed by 4Canada on Wednesday, November 14 at 10:55 (3,400 reads)
Edge: Diversity vital. His new book traces 'dangerous' rise of CanWest Global. By David Beers Published: November 13, 2007 TheTyee.ca CanWest Global's slogan is "Inform, Enlighten, Entertain." Marc Edge frames it differently. "Canada's Most Dangerous Media Company" is the subtitle to Asper Nation, Edge's comprehensive, fast-paced, indispensable new book on CanWest Global and its founding family. Beginning today, The Tyee is publishing four substantial excerpts from Asper Nation, tracing the Asper family's political agenda, their media empire's rise, and the power it wields as the biggest of just a few Big Media owners in Canada.
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